The fight to save Tiger's life was on and I knew I was all he had. Several emergency room visits, multiple appointments with many vets and there still wasn't an answer. After almost four months and $10,000 later, I found Dr. Stephanie Scheff, DVM and holistic vet of Ohana Pet Hospital. She worked on Tiger for weeks doing acupuncture, laser therapy, energy work, etc. and he was finally able to walk. But his story was not over yet. He still suffered from some undiagnosed pain and was unstable on his feet due to the removal of his femoral heads which left his body like a rickety chair After eight months of: research, vet visits, phone calls to vets all over the country (and to Italy), dog whisperers, specialists, anyone who would listen and anyone who may possibly have some answers, it was not until one of the many late night emergency visits we had to make on his behalf that a suggestion that made sense was made. Little did I know it would be the beginning of the end of this nightmare.
A vet who saw Tiger that early morning and who had read all of the other notes from his previous visits, suggested a surgical consult with Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group (VMSG). I did as suggested, as always, and we met with them the next day. After many diagnostics and other tests, it was determined that Tiger is a candidate for a unique procedure developed for dogs who have not done well with FHO: a total hip replacement on the left side, the side he is lame. The surgeon states there is a 80 to 90 percent chance of total recovery for Tiger. I'm excited, nervous and so grateful for Dr. Scheff and the surgeons at VMSG. Tiger's surgery was put on hold due to a skin infection that didn't show up until he was being prepped, but he will soon have this life saving surgery.